BRE Timber services
We have one of the world's most comprehensive research, testing and consultancy capabilities for timber, wood-based products and composites. Our experienced teams of scientists and engineers offer expert, research-based consultancy, testing, product assessment and R&D services. Please see our Timber brochure for more details. These cover all wood related construction issues including:
Timber and wood product selection - identification, use, evaluation and performance of wood and composite materials, each of which has its own particular physical, mechanical and environmental properties.
Wood processing - with demands for greater sustainability, productivity and service-life performance influencing product innovation and supply, we can help with all aspects of wood processing, such as sawing, kiln drying, machining and conditioning, laminating and green gluing, composite production and use, and compliance with performance standards.
Timber sustainability - our experts will help you tomake the most of timber's sustainability benefits, with environmental specifications based on life cycle assessments and responsible sourcing (which help gain credits for the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM). We provide consultancy services on legal and sustainable sources of timber, the energy efficiency performance of timber frame buildings, recycling and re-use of wood and wood products, using recovered wood for energy generation, and procuring and implementing the timber system that best fits your company's sustainability strategy.
Structural investigations - we carry out technical consultancy work on timber structures, investigate construction defects and failures and provide expert witness services in all areas of timber and wood products and structures.
Timber durability - our experts can help you with all aspects of timber durability, including identifying fungal decay and insect attack, investigating durability problems and recommending remedial work, advising on and analysing wood preservative treatment, and conducting coating trials.
Exterior wood coatings - we advise on appropriate coatings for materials and situations, undertake remedial site inspections, and offer testing and best practice guidance services.